On the 5th November, the Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Cllr Michael Siddle watched on Bishop Auckland RUFC closed the gap on league leaders Ryton in a hard-fought clash between first and second place.
Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Cllr Siddle Said: “It was great to be attend such an important game as the clubs clashed for first and second place in the league. The Club are a huge community asset, and a bit of a hidden gem therefore I look forward to attending again to see the Ladies, Juniors and Mini’s sections in action.”
Clive Booth, Chairman of Bishop Auckland Rugby Club said: “It was great to welcome the Mayor to our Club for such an important game. Securing the victory meant that the team remains in a strong position in the league. We look forward to introducing the Mayor to more teams as we are thrilled to have all ages of Rugby at Bishop Auckland from the BLT’s who start at age three, through to the Juniors, and Colts as well as our strong Ladies sides, which has a growing junior section.”
Match report is as follows: Bishops opened the scoring with a try from James Imiela, converted by Bedford. Bishops maintained the pressure until the half leading 7-0. From the half, Ryton fought back adding a quick penalty and eventually a try to steal the lead at 7 -10.
Bishops pack dominated at the set piece and Ryton seemed to struggle to gain momentum. From an excellent kick from Luke Redfern, Ryton crumbled under scrum pressure and were intercepted by Redfern who strolled in under the posts before Bedford added another conversion. 14 -10 to Bishop Auckland.
Bishop Auckland began to control the midfield with Nareki and Wilson both making great runs deep into Ryton territory. Eventually the power of Nareki was too much for Ryton, and when they over-committed to the midfield, Andy Harrison was set free to score in the corner. 19-10.
Ryton were dogged to the end and pulled back a late try, with just three minutes to go. The day however, belonged to Bishop Auckland, who held on to victory.
Final score: 19-15.